Throne of Glass is one of my all time favourite series, but I hadn’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet! The bindup is all about the events leading up to the first book and it was so wonderful to read about the characters that appear later on in the series! Want to know what I think about the five novellas? Read about it in my spoiler free review.
“Life isn’t easy, no matter where you are. You’ll make choices you think are right, and then suffer for them.”
The only novella bindups I’d ever read before were those by Cassandra Clare. I didn’t really like how there was so little connection between her separate novellas. I somehow expected The Assassin’s Blade to be like this too, but it totally wasn’t. The novellas can be tied together so seamlessly! I doubt I would even really understand the stories if I read them separately and out of order. You can get them separately as eBooks! This is a good thing because it really made me enjoy the book more.
I LOVED the world building in The Assassin’s Blade. There are so many places that we haven’t gone to in the main series and I never expected to really see them, but we did! We even got to see the Red Desert! It made the book feel so adventurous! My favourite video game in The Legend of Zelda and I honestly felt like TAB could be a game like Zelda because of all the places we visit. It’s magical!
We got to learn so much about Celaena. Her story was always quite heartbreaking to me, but with these additional things I’m like “My poor cinnamon roll, how?! HOW?!” I love her so. freaking. much. as a character. People told me I was going to fall for Sam, but dang! I didn’t expect to be falling this hard! We all know what happens to him, so was prepared but still so upset when it all went down! There’s so much character development through the Throne of Glass series. You can see it especially when you compare The Assassin’s Blade and Empire of Storms. There’s some characters that I just loathed in TAB, but LOVED in EoS.
This honestly one of the easiest 5-star ratings of the year. I loved everything about it and it was so wonderful to be in the Throne of Glass world again! It’s a perfect addition to the series and I think I’ll be rereading these novellas quite a lot! Especially with the return of a certain TAB character in Tower of Dawn, hehe!
About The Assassin’s Blade
Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes-and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches-and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling-and deadly-world.
Have you read The Assassin’s Blade or are you going to pick it up? Let’s chat in the comments!